Celebrities and their mental health

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How can celebrities and their mental health create the momentum we need to #endthestigma of mental illness?

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Whether you love celebrities and sports athletes or not, their lives are on a different level. And while we may often find ourselves saying, “Why are their lives so much more important?” I think it’s worth taking pause to think about what they have.

Firstly, let’s just think about what they go through. Famous entertainers are constantly inundated with the press, with movie promos in God knows how many countries and never having a moment to themselves – I couldn’t do it!

And that’s all before their fans all over the place want a second of their time. If you ask me, people who make our lives fuller with their talent need to come forth. I mean the mental illness within the popular community must be enormous!

With all that said, however, they have star power, and like it or not, their notoriety matters. In fact, it is the equivalent to a tsunami in terms of its potential impact on the mental health community. So, let them help us while they are helping themselves…..

So, with the likes of Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Jonah Hill, taking centre stage about their mental wellbeing, it can do a few things:

“We are no longer going to take any form of abuse from the powers that be.”

Chief among them, or so I think, is their ability to empower their fans. Many of whom are young and unsure of their own plight. Therefore, we can’t for example, holler at celebs for not being role models and then chastise them for disclosing their mental health. After all, ownership is leadership – right?

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From my view, there is no better way for someone of fame to “step up” and mentor our young people. Besides, should their only function of being a role model be “you can be famous too”? I think not! You know what I say to them? “Thank you!” Your strength can help eliminate the stigma of mental illness. A win/win for everyone!

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Perhaps what I like most about what all the people who entertain us for a living have done, is how they tell Hollywood, and team sports this: “We are no longer going to take any form of abuse from the powers that be.” Whether it be the actors and actresses who fight back against sexual assault; or those who are made fun of for having anxiety at the Olympics. What matters is that this group of talented individuals is standing up and allowing their humanity to come before their powerhouse industries -organizations that have historically encouraged abuse and thus, a spike in mental illness.

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I can only hope that this encourages other household names to come forward and speak out against wrongful treatment (and for their mental health too.) After all, change starts with a few and like a snowball, barrelling down a hill, it gains size and momentum.

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone who believes in a more just and equal world to speak out. Furthermore, get the help you all need if you are suffering. Together we can make those in power listen…

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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